Q: I purchased a T-Fal cookware set two years ago, and the non stick coating seems to be wearing off every one of the pieces, along the trenches on the bottom. Needless to say I am extremely disgusted with the whole T-Fal thing. I am in the habit of taking good care of my cookware, and am rather disgusted with myself for wasting my money like that. The time has come for me to make an investment in cookware, and I have no idea how or what to buy. I can't afford to spend much more than $250 and I'm looking for a set, I think. Most of my cooking is for family meals. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
A: If you have the RESISTAL line of T-Fal...they will replace it free of charge if you have had it less than 5 years. Strangely enough, while searching for Regal, it suddenly occured to me I have an old (so old, I don't recall where I got it) stainless Regal 3 cup saucepan. I use it all the time. It's stainless with a big 'ol aluminum slug on the bottom. Like they used to make them, un-sandwiched, so the raw aluminum is in direct contact with the cooking coil ...which means when I have it on high, the coils will actually melt off aluminum from the slug. For what I use it for, it's an excellent little pan. Very handy. But, as I stated before, I don't think this is what you are refering to. It might be a discontinued line, or a line that Regal was importing, but has since stopped. This is quite common. My stainless/copper pans are a dicontinued line once imported from France. Step carefully here. You may find an excellent deal at a great price, or you may end up with a stinker that is no longer supported. Whatever you decide, make sure you can see and touch the cookware before you decide. If it's by mail order, either get more info or forget it. FWIW ...my gut level feeling is, whenever I see the phrase, "waterless", my "SCAM ALERT" warnings go off and I go into critical skeptic mode.
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